Sunday, December 21, 2014
Smiles, I didn't pose them. For once Sugar didn't let Xena have the bed, she squeezed on and pushed Xena's butt over. They stayed until I went upstairs and got my camera. Not because they wanted to be together but because neither wanted to give up the bed!
Sugar eventually yielded as she knew Xena wouldn't. Funny girls!
MERRY CHRISTMAS to all my Sparkfriends; we've had a very good year!
Joy and the girls
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Ever notice how you can't do just "one thing". Action, seems to trigger more action. That's why 10 minute streaks work so well; mine turn into at least 20!
I want to thank all of you that responded to my Thoughts of a 9 Year Maintainer blog. I apologize for not reaching out to each of you individually but part of me having time to be "active" is limiting my computer time. If you missed that blog this is the link:
Several comments, and I value them all, jumped out at me and triggered these "afterthoughts".
But first, back to the "you can't just do one thing". I was organizing photos for my youngest grandchilds 10 year album today and I DID come across a BEFORE picture (sort of); at any rate, this was taken in 1995, the year I committed to getting healthy to keep up with these grandbabies. Two of the oldest 3 here. Weight, unknown but my best guess would be 240#. I do remember that outfit, bought for the holidays and it was a size 24.
I am 54 here, this may even have been my birthday. The little guy on my lap just started college this fall and the young lady is now the mother of my great grandson! Time flys!
Now, I'd like to respond to:
"The line that really struck me was "busy is not the same as active." That exact thought dawned on me when I finally got serious about losing weight. I'm still working on it, slow and steady."
Many of the things I love doing are not ACTIVE, I still have to work at having an active day. Routine helps, morning walk/evening walk, phone walk and talks etc. You can't get much slower than I was; it took me 5 years to get to goal, if you are looking at weight as a goal. But, I learned a lot about myself along the way. What works and what doesn't. For me, if it's not fun, or doesn't taste good; it won't become part of my life.
"Joy; I think this blog hit me more than any I have read. Here you were showing me it could be done. You were not a 20 or 30 year old active young women trying to lose weight you were like me a post menopausal inactive woman who was very obese. You did it, maybe there is hope for me."
Pat, I was 54 when I finally committed to a healthy lifestyle. I have to be honest, it wasn't weight, size, or looks that motivated me. It was FEAR! I was alone, lucky to still be healthy at my size, but wise enough to know the risks. My greatest fear was/is Alzheimer's disease; I'd lost my mother to it and now my sister no longer knows me or mine. I feared not being able to stay independent and becoming dependent on my kids when they were already in their most challenging years. Could still happen, but I'm doing really well. The weight loss was a bonus; brain healthy is heart healthy is just plain HEALTHY! Health IS wealth! You can do this Pat; and slow and STEADY does win the race!
My longest reply goes to:
"That is fabulous!! I know it's a lifestyle, and fairly automatic....but life has its difficulties and we can all get off the path if we don't remain fairly consistent. Consistency with the food and physical activity is a formula for long term success."
Oh my gosh JODI! You hit a nerve! ;) Routine, yes; AUTOMATIC, I wish! I'm broken, I will always have to work at it; but I've learned what works for me. Left on auto pilot I'd turn back into a couch potato and mindlessly comfort myself with ice cream. You are right, consistency is key. I plan for activity and I still count calories. My only real rule is "no mindless eating" and I have to have flexibility. But I do keep it simple.
I keep a chart next to my netbook where I log my activities and streaks for the day as well as my SP routine, log in's , groups etc. I do this at the end of the day during commercials.
The bottom of the chart is my total miles, steps and calories for the day. Used to update my page in the morning. The circles are telling me to "pay attention" I'm over those stated goals that day. Occasionally that's OK but not wanting any "streaks" here!
Just a scratch pad, not particularly neat, no need. I will do this as long as I am able; works with or without SP now. But most importantly; it works!
Now, the other half of the equation is in my kitchen:
(I might add; where ever I go, these go, no vacations, no power needed.)
A one year day planner from the dollar store sits on my counter and works great. I tally my calories, protein grams, any meds (none), Servings of Fruit, Vegetables and one supplement I take mid day. It also works as a day planner.
As you can see Monday didn't take much space. I round calories UP to the next 50 and don't worry about condiments. Rarely do I have to look anything up. In time you find some things are just not worth the calories; even if you do like them. Monday I had 3 servings of fruit, 5 servings of veggies and forgot the mid day supplement; happens, but not often. I ended the day with Greek Yogurt at 150 calories and 20 grams of protein with a total of 2000 calories for the day and 119 grams of protein. Routine procedures; but not automatic. Takes commitment and consistency with a plan for flexibility. I break all kinds of rules, they don't work for me. I enjoy snacking in front of the TV at night; that was the Greek Yogurt. Another night it might be a beer and some pretzels. But it's all jotted down and counted. No mindless eating. But it is so worth it!
Becoming Healthy Is
Best Decision I Ever Made!
(Thanks for the quote Pat!)
I'm so glad you all put up with me!
Be well and keep moving; life is good!
Thanks again for the visit. Hugs, Joy
Sunday, October 05, 2014
This blog was prompted by a call from my brother this morning; updating me on his health challenges. He needs heart surgery and it keeps getting postponed in large part because of his weight. He has lost about 100 pounds and told me what he weighs now; I shared that I used to weigh close to that. MY BROTHER was surprised! He said, as many of you have, "I can't believe you could have weighed that much; I don't remember you ever looking that big. Told him I'd send him a picture. :)
Truth is, I don't have a "before" picture.
At that time, I had given up. I don't have an accurate number either.
I just know I was a size 24. Thing is, I had been a yoyo dieter my whole adult life. Started with puberty, ended around menopause. My weight peaked in the early 90's. At the end of '91 I was single and all my kids were on their own. I decided it was MY TIME and I would do what I wanted and eat when I wanted etc.
Those of you that think menopause is a good excuse--that's dangerous thinking! I didn't mind being a fluffy grandmother--well, I must have, still no pictures. By '95 I was a grandmother and quickly found that I wasn't up to the physical demands. Even getting a baby in and out of the crib was a challenge.
I was determined to get "fit" and went back to the gym. That was hard at that size but the gym members were wonderful and very welcoming. I was still determined not to "diet" and I didn't. If I wanted a blizzard on the way home from the gym; I had one! As I became more fit, that happened less and less. My eating improved and my size was going down. Still no numbers.
My "before" pictures start in 2001 when I am about to get a second round of grandkids. Determined to be in even better shape for these new little ones, I started eating vegetarian. I had nothing against eating healthy; just really didn't (and don't) want to diet. Change came slowly. But by the time these pictures were taken; I'd already lost 30 or more pounds-- but I have to go by the size change. I had one weigh in on my way UP in the '90's that was 215#, I was more than that in 2001.
At my DD's baby shower, I was already on my way down and picture taking resumed.
I was blessed with two new grandbabies that year!
I continued healthy eating and exercising and was slowly losing weight. Very slowly; at the beginning of 2001 I weighed 195 pounds. I decided it was time to add some "control" and that eating at maintenance, that 2000 calories a day recommended on every label you read, (I sure hope you read labels) was a reasonable approach that I could live with. Weighing only once a month I was happy if that weight was anything less than the month before. It took almost 5 years to reach my goal weight.
October is my anniversary month and I've maintained 9 years now! With that same program; close to 2000 calories a day and lots of activity. Fun things built into my days and life!
What a fantastic trip it has been!
Fun with my grandkids:
And now, I've become a GREAT GRANDMOTHER!
My kids tell me I've always been a Great Grandmother! It doesn't get any better than that!
Favorite activities pre 2001:
Knitting, sewing, reading, crafting, cooking
(See a trend there?)
Favorite activities today:
Walking Sugar, gardening, hooping, yoga, going out with friends, hiking, working out at the gym in the winter.
(Busy is not the same as active!)
Feel free to visit my gallery to see more of today's favorite activities. Life is good.
Be active, stay well. Thanks for the visit. Joy
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